Karen, a Newton mom, brought in a huge collection of family video tapes of her family vacations, trips, kids’ recitals, etc
. It was her insurance. she said. One day, there’s a chance, growing up in our blame culture, her kids will lament in a psychotherapist office that their parents hadn’t paid enough attention to them. She would then whip out her VHS tape, 8mm tape, miniDV tape and photos and slides to show them all the vacations a
nd trips they did together as a family.
A customer came in last week with a stack of her children’s photos. She asked us to digitize the photos, create a music video montage, burn the video on a disc, and make copies of the discs for each of her 6 children. She absolutely loved the video montage that Alison, our Scattered Pictures Video Montage designer, created for her. She mailed off the DVD to her 6 kids in various parts of the country. A week later, when she came back to the store for other video transfer projects, she told Alison that one of her kids who has not spoken to her for 8 years, called to thank her.
Yesterday, a customer asked us to transfer a VHS tape to a DVD in 24 hours. Normally it takes 3 to 5 days. Fortunately we do all our video transfer work in-house so we could accommodate the rush request. Why did he need it in such a hurry? His mother was suffering from dementia, in the hospital, and he was sure that watching videos of her life would help jog her memory back.
Videos are powerful. They conjure up a time when everyone got along, everyone was younger, simpler, happier. A walk down memory lane may be the doctor’s prescription to family fights, premature memory loss, strained relationships. I’ll end with a quote from the French poet, Cesare Pavere: “The richness of life lies in the memories we have forgotten.“